Food & Drink

The Best Happy Hour in Your Detroit Neighborhood

For all those times you and your friends have said "Let's do happy hour!" and then embarked on half-assed phone research, only to end up at the same bar as always -- well, this is to ensure that never happens again. We've rounded up the best happy hours in Detroit's formidable bar scene, and broken them down by neighborhood to save you both money and time. But please note: these deals are subject to change at any time without notice, so if you're really passionate about bargains, consider calling ahead.

The Belt Alley

The Skip
The bar that kick-started tiki-mania in Detroit
When: Monday-Friday 4-6:30pm
The deal: It's hard to believe that just a few short years ago, the city of Detroit only had one tiki bar, and that was The Skip! During happy hour, you'll get $5 select cocktails and $3 shots, but don't skip their frozen Irish coffee -- a New Orleans tradition right here in Detroit.

Cadillac Square

The Keep
Speakeasy style without the speakeasy-speak 
When: Monday-Friday 5-7pm
The deal: The underground cocktail bar that is literally underground, and not "underground" in the sense of being under-the-radar, offers classic cocktails for $2 off and $2 High Lifes Monday through Friday from 5-7pm.

Campus Martius Park

Parc
Approachable Midwest fare with a French-Mediterranean twist in one of the most stylish dining rooms in the city 
When: Monday-Friday 3-6pm 
The deal: This isn’t meant to be a contest, but if it were, Parc would be high in the running for best happy hour in the city. The happy hour menu is much more thought out than afterthought, with a nice selection of $7 bites that include oysters, mussels, short rib tacos, and baby back sliders; an equally nice selection of $7 cocktails; $5 domestic and craft draft beer; and $6-8 "sommelier selection" wine pours.

Capitol Park

Prime + Proper
A gorgeous contemporary American steakhouse and butcher shop in Capitol Park 
When: Monday-Friday 4-6pm
The deal: During happy hour at the bar at Prime + Proper, the entire bar menu is half off. Considering that includes tuna poke, petit filets, oysters, and their Prime + Proper burger (among other things), that is one hell of a good happy hour deal.

Downtown

Republic
The charcuterie castle
When: Tuesday-Thursday 4-6pm, Friday 5-7pm
The deal: On Tuesdays through Fridays, get select cocktails, beer, and wine for $3-5, and select snacky plates for $5-12.

Roast
The OG trendy bar of Detroit 2.0
When: Monday-Friday 4-6:30pm
The deal: Perhaps you've heard that Roast's happy hour was once the most famous happy hour in Detroit? And that's still more or less true. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6:30pm: select beers are $4; select wines and well drinks are $5. Plus, starting at 4:30pm, you get half off everything on the bar menu, which includes the famous Roast Burger, and the less famous, but equally delicious, chicken livers & creamy polenta. (Happy hour is only available in the bar.)

Fort/Cass

London Chop House
Detroit's grande dame of classic American steakhouse dining
When: Monday-Friday 3:30-6:30pm
The deal: LCH too expensive for you? Then stop in Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30pm for specials on select martinis & Manhattans, select wines poured at $1 per ounce, local drafts half off, $2 Stroh's bottles, and a special (much less expensive) food menu offering small tastes of the larger menu, including 3oz filet mignon medallions, escargot, oysters, and a U-12 shrimp cocktail.

Grand Circus Park

Downtown Louie's Lounge 
A hidden-ish gem in Tigertown
When: Monday-Friday 3-5pm
The deal: Monday through Friday from 3-5pm, get $2 domestic bottled beer (excludes craft beers), $2 Bud Light pints, and $3 tallboys. There are also $5 wines & well pours, and $2 off all appetizers.

Cliff Bell's
Downtown's sultry Art Deco jazz club
When: Tuesday-Friday 5-7pm
The deal: On Tuesdays through Fridays from 5-7pm, get half off draft beer, half off well drinks, and 30% off their bar food menu. But do order one of their classic cocktails, like The Last Word -- invented in Detroit!

Greektown

Firebird Tavern
Greektown's most underrated hangout
When: Monday-Friday 3:30-6pm
The deal: If you're hanging out in Greektown, especially when it's baseball season, you should take advantage of the happy hour at Firebird Tavern: half off all American craft beers & wine and a $5 small plates menu from 3:30-6:30pm Monday through Friday.

Woodward Corridor

Cornerstone Barrel House
A cozy whiskey bar for both aficionado and novice 
When: Monday-Friday 3-6pm
The deal: Every Monday through Friday from 3-6pm, enjoy specials on beer and liquor that include $4 craft beer drafts and $4 bourbon "shot of the day," $3 sides, and $3 pork, beef, and meatball sliders.

Wright & Co.
A stylish new American restaurant perched above Woodward Ave. 
When: Monday-Friday 4-6pm
The deal: Sip on $6 core classic cocktails including an Old Fashioned, Aperol Spritz, Bee's Knees, and daiquiri. Featured wines are also $6, and the rotating "Beer Club" tap is $3.

Eastern Market 

Eastern Market Brewing Co.
The Market's friendly neighborhood brewery 
When: Tuesday-Friday 4-6pm
The deal: During happy hour at Eastern Market's currently one and only brewery, enjoy select beers for $4.

Hamtramck

Barter Detroit
Hamtramck gets fancy 
When: Monday-Friday 4-7pm, 11pm-close 
The deal: Hamtramck's most upscale (really only) craft cocktail bar serves up $7 classic craft cocktails, $2 PBRs, and $5 well drinks and wines during their regular and late-night happy hour, and their drinks are already happy hour-cheap to begin with.

Midtown

Detroit Shipping Company
An urban chic shipping container food hall in Midtown 
When: Monday-Thursday 4-6pm
The deal: Enjoy some happy hour drinks while sampling the global street food at Detroit's favorite (also only) shipping container food hall! They've got $3 Labatt and Stella drafts, $4 house wines, and $1 off Coors Light, Bud Light, and Miller Lite cans, as well as $1 off draft Labatt during Red Wings and Pistons home games. Coop Caribbean Chicken also has $1 wings during happy hour.

Brush Park

Empire Kitchen and Cocktails 
When: Monday-Friday 4-6pm
The deal: Happy hour specials at Empire are available at the bar only, and include $3 select drafts and domestic bottles, $6 house wines and select cocktails, and food specials starting at $5. 

Cass Corridor 

The Block, Woodward Ave
A laid-back gastropub for the Midtown 'hood 
When: Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm
The deal: Select draft beers are only a buck ($1!!!) during the Block's happy hour, and they’ve also got wine for $3, you-call-its for $6, and apps from $3-7, and a burger & beer deal for $9. 

HopCat Detroit, Woodward Ave
130 glorious taps of predominantly Michigan craft beer 
When: Monday-Thursday 3-6pm, 10pm-close
The deal: Monday through Thursday from 3-6pm, and again from 10pm-close, get $5 off burgers, half-off shareables and "cosmik" fries, $1.50 off all full pour draft beers and signature cocktails, and $3 well drinks including Tito's and Jameson, as well as $3 select wines.   

The Peterboro, Peterboro St
Stylish Chinese fusion food and Asian-inspired cocktails in Midtown
When: Tuesday-Friday 5-7pm
The deal: The "Golden Hour" at the Peterboro features two for $2 dumplings, $3 Tiger beer, $4 whiskey of the day, the Earthly Branch cocktail for $6, and the Thai Old Fashioned for $7.

New Center

Northern Lights Lounge, W Baltimore St 
Free shuffleboard and a shabby-chic '70s vibe
When: Monday-Friday 3:30-6:30pm
The deal: Every Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30pm, head to Northern Lights Lounge for $2 PBR and Stroh's, $3 domestic bottles and well drinks, $5 martinis, and $3 off appetizers. Also enjoy the frequently throwback tunes, the free shuffleboard, and the fab patio while you're there.

Cultural Center

Seva
A hip vegetarian spot even meat-eaters will love
When: Monday-Friday 4-6pm
The deal: During Seva's weekday happy hour, get half-off on select items from the bar menu, wines by the glass and bottle, and draft and bottled beers. Also, on Tuesdays all wine by the glass and bottle is half price all day long, and on Wednesdays all draft beers and ciders are half price all day.

Corktown

Gold Cash Gold
Hearty farm-to-table dining in a beautifully renovated old pawn shop
When: Tuesday-Friday 4-6pm
The deal: $2 Stroh's, $4 draft beers, $5 house wines, and $6 draft cocktails, which include Old Fashioneds and daiquiris. They also have discounts on bar foods including their cheese plate, spicy chicken sandwich, and burger. As an added bonus, on Tuesdays they also offer a "Buckets and Bubbles" special where you get a bucket of fried chicken and a bottle of Cava for $35, and on Sundays after 5pm they serve $1.50 oysters until they run out.  

Mudgie's
One of Detroit's favorite delis that has also become one of Detroit's favorite beer and cocktail bars
When: Monday-Friday 3-6pm
The deal: This little deli that could has evolved into one of the best beer bars, cocktail lounges, wine shops, and dinner spots (not just sandwiches!) in the city. AND it has an awesome happy hour: hit it up Monday through Friday 3-6pm for $5 cocktail of the week, $2 beer du jour, $5 off all wines by the bottle, $4 glasses of select wines, and $3 shots of Jameson & Fernet Branca.

Mexicantown

Armando's
The Mexicantown favorite that's been serving Detroit for over 50 years 
When: Monday-Friday 3-7pm
The deal: Draft beer and margaritas are just $5 from 3-7pm at the bar during Armando's happy hour.

Southwest Detroit

El Rancho Mexican Restaurant
A Mexican mainstay in Southwest Detroit 
When: Monday-Friday 4:30-7:30pm
The deal: During El Rancho's happy hour, any house drink is buy-one-get-one half-off, plus they have $1 tacos, mini botanas, and super nachos, and 75 cent chicken wings.

Morningside

Lost River Tiki
A Polynesian paradise on Detroit's East Side 
When: Wednesday and Thursday 4-6pm, Sunday 4-close 
The deal: If you pop into this low-key, low-lit gem over on the edge of Grosse Pointe, during happy hour, you'll get to enjoy $6 Navy Grog, $2 beers, and, best of all, $4 daily punch.

Rivertown

Atwater Brewery
One of the oldest-operating breweries in Detroit
When: Monday-Friday 3-6pm
The deal: Atwater Brewery's riverfront location dates all the way back to ye olde 1997 when Detroit looked… a bit different. Raise a pint to toast their history during their weekday happy hour, when pints are $2 off along with other food and cocktail specials. 

The Rattlesnake Club
The iconic fine dining restaurant on the Detroit Riverfront 
When: Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm
The deal: Happy hour at the Rattlesnake is in the bar and lounge area and features discounts on a wide variety of shareable small plates, $7 cocktails of the day, well drinks for $6, draft beers and Michigan craft bottled beers for $5, Stroh's bottles for $3, and sommelier's select wines for $8.

West Village

Craft Work
New American cuisine and craft cocktails in a historic building in the West Village Historic District 
When: Monday-Friday 4-6pm, Monday-Thursday 10-11pm
The deal: On Monday through Friday from 4-6pm, get $3 select bottled beer, $4 rotating drafts, $6 wines, $7 cocktails and beer & shot combos, as well as a variety of small plate specials like a half dozen oysters for $10. Even if you don't live anywhere near this side of town, these prices make it worth the trip. Plus they have a reverse happy hour for the night owls!

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Nicole Rupersburg is a freelance writer covering food, travel, arts, culture, and what-have-you. She winters in Las Vegas and summers in Detroit, as does anybody who's anybody. Her favorite activities include drinking beer and quoting Fight Club.